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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in
Honduras/Bay Islands - Roatan

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia A. Sinclair, LA, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6132
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
time and depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Lots of macro to shoot
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
18 hours 19 minutes in 19 dives (57.84 minutes per dive average) 
Fantasy Island  food average and somewhat indifferent at times, but it
does the trick, and I am not there for the food anyway. Desserts are
usually very good. Rooms were clean and neat. Lots of running up and
downstairs for me, but I kind of liked the work outthough my legs sure had
issues with it the first day or two, after that I was fine. 
Dive shop, as always, great attention to divers and very safe. DM  first 4
days, Daren, last 2 days, Nelson. Boat Captain Pedro. Nitrox was available
for a very reasonable weekly rate. Daren in addition to being the best
divemaster on site, is now the new dive shop manager. WooHoo! He is very
good with the customers and is most accommodating for anyone wanting to do
drop off dives or night dives at the gazebo (down to the Prince Albert and
the plane as well as the Coco View wall.) 

First Days diving  Sunday May 29th day 1 is always sans camera on the
first two dives. Overall this day, the water was choppy/rough with 2
1st Dive  Golden Chain Reef, 50 to 75 foot viz, water temp 82F, 45
minutes, 67 feet, used an 80 tank. PSI - In 3000 and Out 1500 
This was to be the check out dive, but I went a little deeper than I had
originally planned. Saw 3 juvenile spotted drum fish at the end of the
dive, a large mature adult was at the beginning of the dive. The was a
mutton snapper looking into a large vase sponge, when I passed it, it left
and once I was past the area, immediately returned to his sponge. Next
diver passed, same routine, very funny and interesting. Small spotted
moray, a large green moray, many sea cucumbers, large rainbow parrot fish
in the terminal phase and I saw so many sharp nosed puffer fish  it looks
like there has been a population explosion of this species. 
2nd Dive  Missing Link, 50 to 75 foot viz, water temp 82F, 57 minutes, 57
feet, used an 80 tank. PSI - In 3000 and Out 1750 
Large schools of Chubs (Bermuda) on this dive as well as a large school of
ocean spadefish, which I did not see again on any of the other dives. Large
mutton snappers, schools of Creole wrasse, and a free swimming green moray.
3rd Dive  Docs Dive, 40 to 50 foot viz, water temp 83F, 51 minutes, 62
feet. 1st dive with the camera, used an 80 tank. PSI - In 2900 and Out 1500

Daren insisted on taking some pictures of me, so I let him. There were, as
usual, tons of indigo hamlets, saw a lot of yellow barred hamlets,
trumpetfish. Did some shots of corals and sponges as well as the
trumpetfish to see how this new camera is going to perform.  

Second Day diving - Monday, May 30th. Again today, the water was overall
choppy and rough. Some rain as well, but we were gonna get wet anyway. Two
footers were common today as well. Starting this day I began using (and did
the rest of the dive trips) a 63 tank 
1st dive  Marys Place, 40 to 60 viz, water temp 81F, 50 minutes, 70 feet,
had camera as well. PSI - In 3000 and Out 1000 
Very small yellow sea horse. Did not manage to get a good shot of this. Got
some pictures of Daren and also some Mutton snapper shots. The usual
Caribbean fish were in large numbers. Got a shot of two French Angelfish
swimming together under a ledge. 
2nd Dive  Mr. Bud, 45 foot viz, water temp 82F, 52 minutes, 66 feet. PSI -
In 3000 and Out 1250 
Saw and got shots of Scorpionfish, lionfish, Daren blowing bubbles through
the tug to create a smoke effect, yellow barred hamlet, and a white
seahorse. Pretty thing! 
3rd Dive  40 Foot Point, 30 to 50 foot viz, water temp 82F, 63 feet and 55
minutes. PSO In3000 and Out 1200. 
Flamingo Tongue, Nassau groupers, and tried to shoot those little sharp
nosed puffers, but they do not like to hold still for you. Lots of nice
corals and sponges. 

Third Day Diving, Tuesday May 31st. The water was much calmer today and the
most we had were 1 footers. 
1st Dive  Pirates Point, 30 to 50 food viz, water temp 81F, 53 minutes
and 77 feet, PSI In 3000 and Out 1100 
Large Queen triggerfish that followed us around the reef on the dive. Daren
killed a large lionfish and the Queen Triggerfish and the Yellowtail
snappers ate the thing clean within 3 minutes. Nothing left but head and
the spines. After that saw a small hawksbill turtle, which seemed to like
Daren, the turtle swam with Daren for quite a way. I got some nice shots of
the turtle both with and without Daren.  
2nd Dive  French Cay Bank, 50 to 60 foot viz, water temp 82F, 56 minutes
and 62 feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1050. 
Large Green Moray followed us around on this dive. It seemed to love
Jesses danglies. I took a shot of it coming toward me, and the next shot
was taken when he hit my camera lens, and sadly this is not a good shot
(way too close!) He then backed off and swam a bit further away from us, he
stayed around for another 5 minutes in our vicinity. Sponge and coral life
on this reef were looking very good. 
3rd Dive  Ironshore to Ankas Place  a one way dive, aka pickup dive. 30
to 40 foot viz, water temp 82F, 57 minutes and 55 feet. PSU In 3000 and Out
Went past the earthquake damage on this dive. Lots of animals making a
living in the areas that were destroyed. Small corals and sponges
volunteering in that damaged area, so another hundred years and it should
be beginning to look good again. Nice large yellow seahorse, no picture,
since the battery in my camera died half way through this dive. The
Instructor, Tony, dove with us so he could eliminate lionfish. He managed
to kill 2 on this dive, one of which I spotted for him. 
4th Dive - Missing Link, Night Dive,0 viz, water temp 82F, 52 minutes and
43 feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1950  used an 80 tank on this dive to be
We saw 4 octopus, 3 crabs, several lobsters, 1 trumpetfish trying to hide,
a 2 foot long chain moray free swimming, 2 green morays free swimming, a
parrotfish asleep (stoplight parrot), and saw a spotfin butterfly fish
asleep and noticed that the sides on this fish turn black at night. All in
all a nice dive. 

Fourth Day Diving, Wednesday, June 1st. The water was almost flat today. So
calm, no breeze. 
1st Dive  Connies Dream, 50 foot viz, water temp 83F, 54 minutes and 68
feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1200 
Black Drugeon hiding in a coral, of course I tried to take a picture of
this. Saw something else in another coral head and looked in  two sharp
nosed puffers were in there and one was almost rigid. After watching a bit
(and after taking some pics) I figured out they were mating. Too Cool, I
now have fish porn shots. 
2nd Dive  Johns Spt, 50 foot viz, water temp 83F, 54 minutes and 62 feet,
PIS In 3000 and Out 1250 
Saw a scrawled cowfish, social featherduster worms, white spotted filefish
in the orange phase, and some pretty pink star corals. Lots of attempted
reef shots and many lionfish on this dive.  
3rd Dive  Valley of the Kings, water temp 83F, 59 foot viz, 1hour 1 minute
and 55 feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1300. 
So many lionfish. Got a really good shot of one this time. Antonio was
diving with us again and I managed to point out 2 lionfish to him to
eliminate. The group decided to make a pyramid of themselves underwater,
so I took a shot of it for them. Attempted shots of yellowheaded jawfish. 

Fifth Day Diving, Thursday, June 2nd. The water was almost flat today. So
calm, no breeze. New DM today, Nelson who will be with us these last two
days. Daren is flying out to Long Beach, CA tonight. 
1st Dive  Calvins Crack, water temp 83F, 50 foot viz, 55 minutes and 70
feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1300 
Saw a toadfish today, got three interesting shots of it. Attempted shots of
yellowheaded jawfish. While watching these, I had a yellowhead wrasse
(terminal phase) come up and clean my mask lens and then beginning working
on my armdidnt know I was that dirty. Found a Spanish hogfish being
cleaned agt the end of the dive. 
2nd Dive  Half Moon Bay, water temp 82F, 40 foot viz, 52 minutes and 60
feet. PSI In 2900 and Out 1400 
Saw 4 Seahorses on this dive, 2 yellow ones (no good shots of these) 1
black and white, and 1 brown that either no one else saw or they were tired
of taking seahorse pictures. I loved having this one to myself. Saw a
corkscrew anemone and found some banded shrimp hiding in a vase sponge. 
3rd Dive - Little French Cay Wall, water temp 83F, 50 foot viz, 59 minutes
and 60 feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1250. 
For this dive everyone except Jesse and I went on the Shark Dive. We had a
nice leisurely dive with Nelson on this reef. Nelson is great with a spear,
he spotted 7 lionfish and killed 6 of them. Saw many anenomes on this reef.
Got a nice couple of shots of some juvenile spotted drumfish hiding in a
area between coral heads at the end of the dive. The coral garden that we
went over the last half the dive are lush and delicate. These are mostly
lettuce leaf corals and they are growing with 10 feet of the surface, so
you are at between 6 and 8 feet for the last 1/3 of the dive. Surge was
strong, so had to be very careful of buoyancy. Grey Angelfish face shot
taken on this dive, as well as a French Angelfish and a scorpionfish. 

Sixth Day Diving, Friday, June 3rd. My last day of diving. Water surface
was perfectly flat today. 
1st Dive  Caribe Point, water temp 82F, 40 foot viz, 1 hour 4 minutes and
73 feet. PSI In 3000 and out 1100 
Got a nice sand diver fish shot. Mostly looked around and enjoyed the dive.

2nd Dive  Pond View Wall, water temp 82F, 30 to 40 foot viz, 1 hour 6
minutes and 67 feet. PSI In 3000 and Out 1150 
Got some nice anemone shots on this dive, found many of them in the 30 foot
part of the dive (which was most of the dive). Found an odd filament
curling around a sponge. Took a picture and thus far have been unable
identify. Found a lobster hiding in a spongeand just in general enjoyed
the dive. 
3rd Dive  Newmans Wall, water temp 83F, 50 to 60 foot viz, 1 hour and 4
minutes and 50 feet. PSI In 300 and Out 1250 
This dive had all the usual Caribbean fishes  Indigo and Yellow barred
hamlets, tons of sharpnosed puffers, trumpetfish, tiger grouper, Nassau
grouper, yellowtail snappers and tons of creole wrasse. Again this is a
dive in which you spend the last half going over some very lush coral
gardens growing in 10 foot of water.  

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